"The Barn" E-book Production

In the wake of his son's death, widower George Gilbert wrestles with his daughter's decision to sell the family farm, in the process confronting his wife's legacy and the prejudice that has defined his family's past.

I'm a writer and publishing professional of sixteen years' experience about to release my first self-published short story, a work of Americana dealing with issues of race, gender, class, and tensions between city and country. "The Barn" first appeared in Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques (SUNY Oneonta) in 2012. I am producing an e-book version to sell in the Kindle store. Half the proceeds from e-book sales will go to the NAACP.

The amount of my fundraising goal will pay for half my production costs (cover and book design). I'm investing what I can but need a little help to make this happen before the end of the year. I have a cover image to work from, shown above. The story is ready to go (read an excerpt), and my publishing team is assembled. I just need to pay the experts who stand ready to give this project a professional polish. I aim to publish on or before Jan. 1, 2017. Any amount earned above my goal will go toward marketing and, depending on the surplus, possibly production in other formats, such as print.

Americans need to be thinking and talking about the issues "The Barn" raises--now, today. Therefore, I am requesting immediate funding to take this story directly to readers of literary fiction, Americana, and the Southern gothic genre. At seventeen pages, this short can be read in one sitting. It will fit right into people's busy lives, to be enjoyed on the train, in line at the store, between shifts at the two or more jobs we're working.

It is my hope and belief that fiction can bring people together through the experience of empathy. When we read, we get to be another person for a while. Writing this piece, I got to be George, and I came to care for him, difficult as he can be. I empathized with Kanita, the would-be daughter who finds little acceptance under George's roof, and with Clara, who sees the way forward but finds herself caught between worlds. I'd like to share these characters as widely as I can, to see what they might do to help bind our nation's wounds.

I so appreciate your support in sharing "The Barn" with readers. Thank you for your contribution.

Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, editor, and musician. The former nonfiction editor of Drunken Boat and copyeditor for Alaska Quarterly Review, she has edited some of the finest talent of our day, from Grace Paley to 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo. Erin maintains a vigorous freelance editorial practice and writes for trade and scholarly journals such as Copyediting and The Rumpus. Her creative work has been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques (SUNY Oneonta), Cold Flashes (University of Alaska Press), and The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press). Her story “Half a World Away” was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.


Erin Wilcox
Tucson, AZ

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